Samsung Galaxy S8+ prototype unit features dual-camera lens setup

The Galaxy S8 and its big brother were revealed last week, and customers in selected markets can already pre-order the flagships. We'll certainly give you our take on Samsung's latest smartphone in an in-depth review, but let's take a moment and highlight one of the features that might not be such a significant improvement over the previous Galaxy S model, the camera.

Samsung announced the Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature a single-lens 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual-pixel technology, just like the Galaxy S7. The South Korean company will use two suppliers for the camera: Sony and Samsung.

Some Galaxy S8 units will feature Samsung's own ISOCELL S5K2L2 sensor, while others pack Sony's IMX333 sensor. Neither of the two has been made available on the market, so the Galaxy S8 will be the first to include them.

Before Samsung announced the Galaxy S8 would come with a single-lens camera, there were rumors claiming the handset maker plans to add a dual-camera setup on its flagship. Those stories were quickly followed by reports that dismissed this possibility.

Well, it looks like Samsung did take into consideration a Galaxy S8 with dual-camera setup, but decided otherwise in the end. A prototype Galaxy S8+ unit with dual cameras on the back has just popped up in China, which partially confirms the initial rumors.

Judging by what the prototype unit looks like (hint: ugly), it's quite understandable why Samsung dropped the idea of adding a dual-lens camera on the Galaxy S8/S8+.

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Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

The G6 looks good so they could have figured out a way. Maybe Note 8.

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Yup! The G6's dual camera is subtle and horizontal, which is a better placement than vertically, as depicted in prototype of the S8+.

18. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

You call the G6 camera setup subtle, i call that ugly. Question of tastes.

2. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

WTF is this LOLZZZZ... It's so freaking UGLY

4. htcisthebest

Posts: 438; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Wholly s**t..This looks ugly, like iPhone 7 Plus type ugly.

9. Unordinary unregistered

You like HTC lmfao. The king of ugly phones. 1 good looking flagship doesn't justify the amount of terrible looking devices lmfaaoooo

10. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LOL Unordinary just got triggered, don't dare blaspheme his holy iPhones.

5. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Checked out the display units at Best Buy. Real slick device but that finger scanner is indeed in a terrible location. Long reach to pull down notification shade. Unless there is a option to change to bottom?

6. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

It looks ugly

7. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

i don't buy s8 or s8 plus because they are almost same with my s7 edge and only have bigger screen and small battery... I will wait for note 8.. if note 8 have same small battery than bye bye Samsung this year!

11. ram64GB

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

Yes! Wait for another Note 7 big bang which has larger battery capacity.

24. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Wow. That corny attempt at another 2016 joke was terrible.

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"they are almost same with my s7 edge and only have bigger screen and small battery" .... and better camera and better processor and better screen and better bluetooth and gigabit 4G and Iris scanner and bixby and so on..

14. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

That's a nice list of small spec improvements and useless gimmicks

20. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Not sure you know what a gimmick is... Processor, camera and Bluetooth, all of which are some of the most used components of any phone are gimmicks?

28. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yes i am in search of a device thats support two bluetooth headset at the same time... not lol useless. I am in seach of a device thats support longer range bluetooth... not as i can already use bluetooth from one end of my house to another whitout loosing connection.. So bluetooth 5.0? no need. Processor the difference will be hardly seen unless you do video encoding lol. Camera the difference is so minimal you need to put both device picture side by side and zoom in hard to see small difference. Sorry but he is right gimmicks. only real innovation is the new screen standard.

26. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

This got 5 thumbs up somehow?. How?! Lol

15. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

well.. better camera but not much.. better processor for sure .. better bluetooth.. i hard to use it.. bixby? well I can't speak english very well! I like the design.. and s8 and s8 plus is very similar ... the different is only screen size and 500mah more battery.. that's all..

19. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Not sure you did yourself any favours there, that's a pathetic list.

27. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

a better camera : slightly not by much and almost impossible to notice unless you zoom hard on pictures and have both side by side. A better processor : hopefully its wont be an oven like last years exynos model.. Bettet screen : not really just different format. Better bluetooth : i dont need it and many ppl with good headset with cable (thats no wireless headset can match,) Gigabit 4G : not usefull when mostly all carrier have hard time having stable speed on 75mb LTE lol. Iris scanner : too slow. Bixby : not impressive and limited in some way i stick with my google assistant instead. And so on. All question of point of view.

16. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

It is not just about the numbers buddy, every internal component consumes less power than the previous generation, along with the 10 nm processor, expect S8 to give around 6-8 hrs of SOT which isn't bad at all. I would say, post the last year's fiasco, they wont be pushing the battery for a bigger mAh but I am sure that they will do lot of optimization from a software standpoint. Note 8, I guess, will be beast of a phone with speakers on 4 sides, dual camera, all the productivity out of the stylus and all the goodness of S8. Sammy has got one Univisium display flagship this year, I am not after big screen diagonals but Sammy, I only hope that the phone will be a wider Infinity Display, like say, 17.5:9.5

25. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I'm holding out for the Note 8 as well. I too have the S7E & they (S8/+ & S7E) are not the same. Go play with one at a store & see. In my opinion my phone feels out dated compared to this year's device.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

All dual cameras are ugly

22. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015


29. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Ugly but usefull. I take a dual camera flush to one thats protude. Protuding camera are more ugly.

13. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

IDK about ugly. Looks pretty mundane to me. But hey, iPhoneArena gonna iPhoneArena.

17. Guaire

Posts: 893; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

It's beautiful and most probably had a better camera. Also I can't see FPS there, so I guess that prototype also had a embedded one. All in all it would be a better phone.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yea, its a prototype, not a finished product. If they stuck with the dual camera set up they would have had a half dozen different prototypes for configurations and variations.

30. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

They kept the dual camera for the note simple as thats Galaxy S user have to understand they wont be getting the best ever again its reserved for note.

23. Amir123a

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 27, 2016

In other words, note 8 will pack dual camera for 100%. Note is still my go to smartphone line also because that rumroed 6.4" display. Bigger display = i pick it.

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